CEM Access Control Solutions Reside at Singaporean Resort

CEM Access Control Solutions Reside at Singaporean Resort
Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort (MBSIR) is one of the most challenging construction projects and expensive stand-alone integrated resort property ever built. The more than US$6 billion development will change the face of Singapore's tourism industry. To secure this impressive site, Marina Bay Sands chose the CEM security management system. The integrated access control system will allow visitors, staff and tourists to feel secure while enjoying the atmosphere of the newly built resort. The management system was installed by CEM reseller Certis Cisco.

MBSIR is one of the most remarkable leisure destinations ever created. Located along the Marina Bay waterfront in Singapore, the MBSIR includes 2,500 rooms, two theaters, a nightclub, a Las Vegas-style casino and a museum which will be showcasing international exhibitions. The hotel which is made up of three 55-storey towers boasts a spectacular landscaped roof garden with swimming pool.

The more than US$6 billion project required a high-end security system and opted for the CEM management system. The solution offers a flexible and versatile solution, providing an integrated access control, alarm processing and photo badging system. It is continuously developed to meet the most difficult of security needs, providing a highly stable solution for installations where security is of paramount importance. CEM system is relied upon to secure access to important areas such as the casino vault and specialized security departments used to survey the casino floor. The system utilized CEM range of hardware products including IP card readers. The fingerprint readers have been installed in high-security areas with third-party readers installed at less secure areas.

MBSIR had more than 500 access control readers. The readers support all card technologies and have a large graphical LCD which is used to display a number of messages to cardholders depending on their privileges such as “Access Denied,” “Wrong Time Zone” and “Card Expired.” The reader, which has an onboard Ethernet connection, communicates directly with the management system host server removing the need for a control pane in the system design. With an internal database the reader gives full offline card validation and decision making at the point of entry, even when host communication is not available.

The project used more than 100 fingerprint readers as well to control access to restricted areas where an additional biometric layer of security is required like entrance into casino vault. The LCD will display predefined messages such as “Place Finger” and “Bad Biometric.”

PoE technology was used throughout Marina Bay Sands. Where a high-level of security is required and cabling must be kept to a minimum, the CEM PoE plus door interface unit offers the ideal solution. It is the controller to supply power and communications to a complete door set via one Cat 5e/ 6 cable. The key benefit of the solution is that it eliminates the need for both a mains connection and a local power supply to the door.

The MBSIR project required integration with a number of external systems. CEM was required to integrate with the Central Control and Monitoring System (CCMS), the key management system, the surveillance system and the HR system amongst others.

BacNet protocol was used for high-level interface (HLI) to the CCMS system. The HLI allowed CEM to send water leak state to the CCMS. If a water leak is detected the CEM system would send alarms to the CCMS. This was an important issue due to the fact that the hotel has a roof top pool; therefore any water leaks could result in serious consequences. The security team at MBSIR requested an interface from the HR system to the CEM access control system in order to populate basic staff information. It was important for the MBSIR security team to be able to efficiently manage employee details. The interface fields can be used for collecting uniforms, fast food access and ID badging. The CEM visual imaging pass production system allows users to produce permanent and temporary ID badges. Security staff can enroll users and capture fingerprint templates using a ID badging application.

The key management system increases security around significant areas of the resort. CEM Systems developed an interface to automatically transmit card data from the access control management system to this key management system. A file which contains the full list of key safe users is sent to the key system and the necessary user records are created. The access control management system at MBSIR was also integrated with the surveillance system. The external interface enables the administrator to specify that when a particular alarm occurs on a CEM device, a message/ command is sent to the third party. For every alarm of interest the following data is sent by CEM system to the surveillance system.
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